With all the news about Stephen King adaptations coming, there is a unique one on the way that is based on a story from a Stephen King novel, but it not actually an adaptation at all. Warner Bros. is considering making a prequel to the Stanley Kubrick movie “The Shining,” which was based on King’s early novel. However, King never wrote a prequel so, while the movie will be based on his subject matter, it will be a completely original story.
The news about a prequel to a classic is not always great, but Warner Bros. is looking into convincing Alfonso Cuaron to direct “The Overlook Hotel.” At the moment, Cuaron is best known for winning an Oscar this year for his movie “Gravity.” If Warner Bros. can get Cuaron to take over a prequel for a Kubrick movie, that could make the entire project very interesting. If anything, it could be better than most horror movie prequels that have been released over the last decade.
“Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning”
“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” changed how horror movies were made in 1974 when Toby Hooper made the entire affair dirty and indie looking. However, when Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production label remade it, they kept the dirty look but added pretty faces and sexy bodies to the mix, making it a different experience than the original was, where the victims were more natural kids. Released in 2006, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” has a ton of blood and gore, much like the original, but was much more exploitive and less frightening than the original.
“Underworld: Rise of the Lycans”
The first “Underworld” movie opened up an interesting prospect, showing that vampires and werewolves have always lived among humans and have always been at war with each other. It was a very fun action horror movie and spawned a sequel that showed the continued battles. However, with the third movie, “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” showed how the wars began with the first ever werewolf born and an elder vampire that later kept werewolves as slaves. The movie was very creative, but failed to remain as memorable as the originals.
“Silence of the Lambs” was a rare case where a pure horror thriller won the Oscar for Best Picture, helping it become one of the most successful horror movies of all time. The movie “Red Dragon” took the story back in time and showed Hannibal Lector working on another case before the events of “Silence of the Lambs.” For those unaware, this story was told before in 1986 with the movie “Manhunter,” which introduced Hannibal Lector to the world before “Silence.” “Red Dragon” tells the same story as “Manhunter,” as Hannibal helps Will Graham catch a serial killer. The new TV series “Hannibal,” tells how these two characters first met.